SBS appoints new Head of Food and Entertainment

SBS is determined to keep reality TV and factual entertainment firmly on its agenda – hiring Emily Griggs to oversee Food and Entertainment makes that clear.
Emily Griggs, new SBS head of food and entertaiment

The multicultural broadcaster has appointed BBC Studios alumna Emily Griggs as their new Head of Food and Entertainment. Griggs will start at the end of August, once she has mentally transitioned from BBC Studios, where she has been first a Development Executive and Head of Development and Content over the last three years. It seems that nothing (except maybe a lack of funds) can stop SBS from blitzing the reality TV, unscripted, light entertainment space. This portfolio includes some of SBS most successful original shows, including the broadcaster’s largest ever commission, The Cookup with Adam Liaw.

Griggs’ predecessor Susie Jones will start at Netflix as a creative executive in September, patrolling both the scripted and unscripted landscapes. She only held the Entertainment and Food role for three months, after nearly five years as Commissioning Editor Documentaries.

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Let’s do a comparison between the shows these two executives have worked on. The roles cover the whole spectrum from casting to field producer, runners to researchers and story producer. The selection for Emma Griggs only covers the last ten years.

Between them they cover a huge range of shows, except for cage wrestling, Survivor and extreme obstacle races. And food shows – not a priority for either of them.

Susie JonesEmily Griggs
New filmmaker at ABCThe Farmer Wants a Wife – Fremantle
Boys Alone & The Date Factory – Channel 4Dancing with the Stars – Freehand
Comic Relief, Absolutely Fabulous Xmas Special – BBCThe Apprentice Australia – Fremantle
Stories from the Golf, (S)truth if only – SBSMy Kitchen Rules – Seven
Mondo Thingo – ABCCelebrity Apprentice – Fremantle
Headland Story Liner – SevenDon’t Tell the Bride – Ten
Big Brother casting producer – Endemol Southern StarFormal Wars – Matchbox
One Step Beyond – Discovery Channel, Becker EntertainmentYoung, Lazy and Driving Us Crazy – Matchbox
Honey We’re Killing the Kids – Freehand TVWhen Love Comes to Town – Endemol
First Tuesday Book Club – ABCThe Living Room – WTFN
Australia’s Got Talent & Girlband – FremantleMedia for TenHouse Rules – Seven
Saving Babies & The ultimate Donation – Quail and TenMarried at First Sight – Nine
Animal Planet – host auditionsSecret Life of 4&5 Year Olds – Screentime
Find My Family & Rudely Interrupted – Quail and ABCBBC Studios Development Exec
The World’s Strictest Parents – SevenBBC Studios Head of Development and Content
The Secret Millionaire – Nine
Undercover Boss – Edemol for Ten
Zumbo – Fredbird for SBS
Myf Warhurst’s NICE – Token for ABC
Young, Lazy and Driving Us Crazy – Matchbox
Factual development exec – Matchbox
Date My Race – Matchbox
Commissioning Editor docs SBS
Head of Entertainment and Food SBS

David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.